On October 2-3, 2014 three students attended The Girls of Promise conference in Little Rock. Claire Baptiste, Juliette Moua, and Tori Porter were among the 200 girls that applied and were accepted into the program. Over 350 girls across the state applied, wrote essays and acquired letters of recommendation from their teachers or counselors with hopes of attending.
The Girls of Promise program was created by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) in 1999 to increase the participation, retention, and advancement of eighth-grade girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. In the past 14 years, more than 5,000 eighth-grade girls have attended a Girls of Promise conference.
This year girls met at the Clinton Presidential Center where they toured the Clinton Library and visited the Museum of Discovery. They were given the opportunity to visit with women that currently work in STEM fields. The girls were given hands on experience with soldering, performing a wellness check-up on a dog, operating power tools, testing a flight simulator, and a wide variety of other activities.